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August 2012 | Volume 33, Issue 8

A m o n t h l y p u b l i c a t i o n f o r FN G L A m e m b e r s . D I G IT A L m o n t h l y i s s u e l o c a t e d a t h t t p : / / g r e e n l i n e . f n g l a . o r g

The Landscape Show: Where You are the Star! Back by industry demand, The Landscape Show returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on September 27 — 29, 2012. Don’t miss the chance to see the greatest nursery and landscape show in the Southeast. The Landscape Show offers an extreme close up of the nursery and landscape industry’s complete cast of plants, trees, palms, landscape equipment, hardscape products, irrigation, production equipment, business services and garden center supplies. With nearly 400 exhibiting companies, you’ll find the superstar products you already love and discover the new looks, talent and ideas the industry has to offer. Admission is only $15 if you register before September 10 and includes three days of access to the trade show floor, including thousands of products and people: Thursday Opening Session by Dr. Charlie Hall, Friday Bonus Session by Mike Rayburn, Opening Day Cocktail Reception, demonstrations throughout the show, and the presentation of the FNGLA Landscape Award winners. TLS Knowledge College (formerly called the FNGLA Short Course): It’s show time for ideas and education at the new TLS Knowledge College. Get a head start on learning with the pre-show tour to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. During show days, the TLS Knowledge College moves onto the show floor. You’ll have three theaters of topics to choose from, as well as more opportunities to share ideas and information with fellow industry professionals. Saturday matinee sessions offer a variety of industry CEUs. The quality of programs and added benefits gained by attending the TLS Knowledge College are well

worth the extra registration fee required! Register now for TLS Knowledge College programs to get the best prices and availability. The Landscape Show Opening Session takes place on Thursday, September 27 at 9 a.m. and stars Dr. Charlie Hall. Dr. Hall will provide his take on the U.S. economy and the specifics which relate to Florida’s nursery and landscape industry. Dr. Hall holds the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University. He provides pertinent economic and business information in easy-to-apply terms. Not only does Dr. Hall make economics practical, he makes it fun! Take a TLS Interlude with Mike Rayburn on Friday, September 28 as he offers a unique presentation which will have you laughing, clapping and asking “What if and Why Not?” Mike mixes musical talent and innovative thinking to make his points. This is a TLS Knowledge College session which is being offered to all trade show attendees, compliments of The Landscape Show. Hotel reservations can be made through Eventsphere, the official housing company for The Landscape Show. The Rosen Plaza is the host hotel of The Landscape Show, with several overflow hotels offered at group rates. Make your reservations online or call 1-877414-7997. The Landscape Show is another blockbuster production by FNGLA, the country’s largest state nursery and landscape association. For more details, access The Landscape Show’s website: http://www.!

SEPTEMBER 27 - 29 2012


Wes Parrish FNGLA 2012-2013 President

Having just returned from FNGLA’s “Unconventional Convention” in Jacksonville, I feel like I always do. If you did not attend, you missed a great event. To start with, our Big Bend and Northeast Chapters are to be commended for their efforts. They did a great job creating a top notch affair under considerable constraints. I send a special thank you to Billy Butterfield for chairing the committee. If you haven’t visited the Jacksonville Zoo, it needs to be on your “to do” list. I’ve heard it best described as a first-rate botanical garden with animals. At one point on our tour, we were told that where we were standing, there had been 8” of water a couple of days before. If they had not said so, we would never have known. They did a great job of cleanup in a very short time. It is, in fact, a wonderful botanical garden with great animal exhibits as a bonus. When we turned on the TV in our room that Friday morning, the weather man was giving a virtual tour of the worst hit areas by Tropical Storm Debby. He specifically addressed the town of Glen St. Mary as one of the most severely affected. FNGLA’s function that night was at Glen St. Mary Nurseries. We did not know what to expect. All I can say is they worked some magic there. The unpaved road leading in was freshly graded. Nowhere was there evidence of the flooding and heavy tree damage from just days before. Many thanks to Lin and Magi Taber for all they and their Glen St. Mary Nurseries’ crew did to make it such a wonderful event. Thank you for the special brand of hospitality shown to all. And let me tell you about the Baker County “wine” tasting. On second thought, maybe another time. Wes Parrish

FNGLA HAPPENINGS Expanded Promotions for Exhibitors: The Landscape Show If you’re already signed up to exhibit, visit to maximize your show experience. Things are looking up and your business is on display! Are you planning to maximize your exposure as an exhibitor at the 2012 The Landscape Show? If you are a previous exhibitor or a new one, you have some exciting new opportunities which will help drive sales at the premier green industry event in the Southeast. With the economy poised for a rebound, can you afford to miss out on one of the largest and most affordable marketing events in our industry? Currently, 85% of the booths on the floor are booked. If booth placement matters to you, then act now and reserve one of the remaining booths while they are still available. For all exhibitors, both new and returning, we have an exciting new promotional opportunity for you! To help you stand out and encourage buyers to come to the show, we are asking exhibitors to submit a “show special” deal to be offered only at The Landscape Show. Once you submit your show special to FNGLA, we will list it under a Show Special section on The Landscape Show area of the FNGLA website for all incoming attendees and buyers to see and for you to promote yourself at the show. As an added incentive, exhibitors offering a show special will be entered into a drawing to win one free 10’x10’ space at the 2013 The Landscape Show. If you’ve never exhibited, or you haven’t exhibited in the past few years, you are in for a special treat! We will spotlight your company on The Landscape Show’s website under a “new exhibitor” section where buyers and attendees can easily access your firm’s details and show directory listing information- making you a star! The Landscape Show, sponsored by the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA), is the largest business-to-business event for the nursery and landscape industry in the Southeast. Contact Sabrina Haines at, or Clay Archey at, at the FNGLA office to reserve your booth space. Both can be reached toll free at (800) 375-3642.

FNGLAHAPPENINGS HAPPENINGS FNGLA TLS Knowledge College Announces Speaker Line-Up Formerly known as the FNGLA Short Course, The TLS Knowledge College is held in conjunction with The Landscape Show each year. The three-day format offers programs on garden center management, landscape design and landscape management. TLS Knowledge College is the place where you can get the winning edge to become the best industry business you can. It is time to sharpen your expertise and prepare to learn from a talented cast of speakers and colleagues. The TLS Knowledge College theaters of learning are located on the north end of the exhibit hall. Just follow the red carpet! With its three tracks of speakers, the TLS Knowledge College kicks off with a pre-show tour on Wednesday and features sessions which run concurrently Thursday through Saturday. Priced as a full package, or by the day, The TLS Knowledge College features the following industry experts and topics: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Building Sustainability into Landscape IPM Programs | Dr. Mike Raupp, University of Maryland, College Park, MD Starting From the Ground Up | Eric T. Fleisher, Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, Manhattan, NY Growing a Successful Landscape Company | Mike Lysecki, Landscape Management Network, Toronto, Canada Show-Stopping New Varieties | Kate Santos, Costa Nursery, Homestead A Whimsical Walk through Topiary Gardens | Pearl Fryar, Bishopville, SC Lansdcape Business Owner’s Perspectives | Rick Reinhardt, Dr. Jack’s Lawn Care, Termite and Pest Control, Orlando; Bruce Bachand, Carol King Landscape Maintenance, Inc., Orlando; and Keith O’Dell, Proscapes, Orlando Making Bamboo Part of Your Stage | Jim Thompson, Thompson’s Bamboo Farm, Lake Hamilton Design and Development of Healing Gardens at Nemours, Lake Nona The Approachable Me | Scott Ginsberg, Hello My Name Is Scott, Brooklyn, NY Advanced Pruning in the Landscape | Dr. Ed Gilman, University of Florida, Gainesville Making Your Garden Your Own | Dan Benarchik, Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, PA Consumer Plant Purchasing Behaviors | Dr. Hayk Khachatryan, Mid Florida Research and Education Center, Apopka Pesticide Spills and How to Clean Them Up | Ed Skvarch, St. Lucie County Extension, Ft Pierce An Integrated Approach for Sustainable Pest Control in the Landscape | Dr. Steve Arthurs, Mid-Florida Research & Education Center, Apopka Guerilla Gardening | Erin Alvarez, University of Florida, Gainesville Roadside Safety | Walt Disney World Horticulture, Lake Buena Vista Scouting for Pests |Brooke Moffis, Sumter County Extension, Bushnell Case Study: How to Make Your Job LEED Certified | Julia Johnson, LEED AP, Sustainable Options, Ft. Lauderdale Reading and Interpreting a Pesticide Label | Ed Skvarch, St. Lucie County Extension, Ft Pierce Texas Phoenix Palm Decline | Monica Elliott, University of Florida, Ft Lauderdale Irrigation Design | Dr. Michael Dukes, University of Florida, Gainesville

For more detailed information including session descriptions and session times, access the FNGLA website: http://www.fngla. org/thelandscapeshow/shortcourse.aspx.

FNGLA HAPPENINGS Understanding Florida’s DOT Landscaping Program “Growing Florida’s Roads: Strategies for Improving Landscapes” is a onetime, in-depth, nuts and bolts overview of the multi-million dollar Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Landscaping program. Florida state law directs at least 1 1/2% of all state road construction costs must go towards landscaping. So, how does FDOT operate the Landscaping program? What works and what needs improvement so Florida’s state

roads make bold visual impacts to attract businesses and people to Florida? Sponsored by FNGLA, this unique half-day event on Monday, August 20th from 11:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Mid Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka, FL is specially targeted to landscape professionals and woody ornamental growers. Lunch is included and there is no cost to attend, yet you must register online in advance no later than August 10th. If you are involved in landscape, you;ll want to attend this event. Access the program’s agenda: http://www. Event2.pdf or register to attend: https://www.fngla. org/events/growingfloridasroads/registration.aspx.

FNGLA HAPPENINGS Make the Numbers Work for You at the 2012 Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference: Sept 9 - 11 Back by popular demand, the Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference will be held on September 9-11, 2012 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Kissimmee, FL. Come with your pencils sharpened and be ready to fine-tune your financial skills, securing the future of your business! From a look at the state of the “Agricultural Economy” to “Understanding Your Lender and What They Want from Their Borrowers,” this program will provide you with take-home tools you can use daily on the job. This educational conference is an intense skill-building program designed with lots of networking opportunities to help specialty crop commodity producers understand and overcome economic challenges within their businesses. Whether you are looking to develop an estate plan, learn the latest on tax planning or maybe you want to discover the difference between cash accounting and accrual accounting-- this is your program! This two-day program will feature national leaders from the financial arena at a very affordable price of just $199 per person or a special rate of $375 for two individuals from the same company. Take advantage of the great rooming rate of $94 single/double at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Conference Center, Kissimmee, FL. When industry members are financially strong, they will become the driving force in returning Florida’s economy to brighter days. For more information about the conference, visit, email Linda Reindl at, or call FNGLA at 800.375.3642.

FEATURED TOPICS: • Prosperity in American Agriculture/ USDA Economic Outlook • Understanding What Consumers Want and How to Market to Them • Positioning Your Business for the Wild World of Global Economics • Understanding Your Lender and What They Want of Their Borrowers • Estate and Tax Planning Register for the Conference: https:// registration.aspx Book Your Hotel Room: https:// reservations.gaylordpalms.gaylordhotels. com/cgi-bin/LANSAWEB?procfun+rn+r esnet+orl+funcparms+UP%28A2560%2 9:;x-jh912;?&source=GP||GRP|GRP|||XJH912

FNGLA HAPPENINGS Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference Remaining Sponsorships & Opportunities Reach leaders in Florida agriculture through this conference! Choose from the following available options: Evening Reception ($3,000) • Two free registrations to Conference • Signage prominently displayed as sponsor • Collateral distribution • Digital Attendee contact list • Co-sponsorship available • Display table in exhibition area • Exposure via electronic/website promotions • Logo recognition in conference brochure • Optional Jr. suite upgrade at the group rate ($94)

Breakfast Sponsorship ($3,000) — Monday or Tuesday • Two free registrations to Conference • Signage prominently displayed as sponsor • Collateral distribution • Digital Attendee contact list • Co-sponsorship available • Display table in exhibition area • Exposure via electronic/website promotions • Logo recognition in conference brochure • Optional Jr. suite upgrade at the group rate ($94.00)

Event/Display Table Sponsorships ($750) • One free registration to Conference • Signage displayed as sponsor • Digital Attendee contact list • Display table in exhibition area • Exposure via electronic/website promotions

Learn more: WWW.FAFMC.ORG


FNGLA HAPPENINGS FNGLA Legislator of the Year Award Presented As part of FNGLA’s Industry Awards Program, FNGLA identifies key members of Florida’s policymakers whose legislative priorities and work ethic align with and benefit Florida’s nursery and landscape industry. For 2012, two legislators were chosen as recipients of this award.

FNGLA Member Alberto Arazoza and FNGLA Secretary/Treasurer Sandy Stein present Senator Rene Garcia the 2012 FNGLA Legislator of the Year Award. Also honored was Representative Jimmy T. Smith (not pictured). State Senator Rene Garcia (R-Miami) has spent his legislative career fighting for small business. Among his many legislative efforts, Senator Garcia continues to fight for the protection of the Florida Department of Transportation’s landscape program, which requires 1.5% of new construction project dollars to be spent on trees and shrubs. A true defender of small business, Representative Jimmie T. Smith (R-Lecanto) personifies the pro-business, agriculturefriendly ideals which benefit FNGLA members statewide. Representative Smith continues to be a fighter for common sense, and during the past two legislative sessions championed bills which would apply science and practical application to the regulation of fertilizers. FNGLA’s Industry Awards include recognition for a variety of FNGLA and additional industry involvement: FNGLA Hall of Fame (lifetime achievement award), Wendell E. Butler Award (FNGLA Service Award), Farm Credit / FNGLA Young Nursery Professional, FNGLA Outstanding Volunteer, FNGLA Outstanding Educator, FNGLA Friend of the Industry, FNGLA Outstanding Chapter President, and, FNGLA Outstanding Chapter Secretary. Nominations are sought from the industry at large and are accepted until March 1 annually. To submit a nomination, visit: or contact FNGLA’s Linda Adams, or call 800.375.3642.

INDUSTRY NEWS ANLA & OFA Enter Joint Venture: Following several months of working together in a joint venture, the working group comprised of leaders from both The Association of Horticulture Professionals (known as OFA) and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) organizations determined it was time to formally explore creating a new trade association. OFA and ANLA announced in January 2012 the formation of a joint venture to support business education and government relations activities. The vision statement adopted by OFA’s board of directors expressed the desire to form a new organization if it brings more value to our members and the industry. Since June 2011, OFA’s executive committee has been meeting with ANLA’s leaders about the opportunity for and viability of a formal relationship between the two organizations. As early as the first meeting, the idea of forming a new organization has been discussed by the joint venture working group. “We are listening to our members. Results of a membership and organizational study performed at the end of last year indicated that members of both associations want the organizations to work closer to unify the industry,” said OFA President Mike McCabe, owner of McCabe’s Greenhouse & Floral in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. “They want their industry association to be all encompassing – one that touches and links all pieces of the horticulture industry, which can be offered by a new organization. After significant exploration and evaluation the elected leadership of OFA determined this is the best way to meet the needs of our members and the industry.” The multi-faceted horticulture industry is undergoing

dramatic changes. Economic strains, generational differences and the changing interest in and need for gardening and landscape products are altering the way our products and services are valued by consumers. Governmental activity and inactivity, financial uncertainty and environmental changes are altering the way plants are being produced, bought and sold. In light of future opportunities and threats in this quickly changing environment, trade associations need to work together to build the capacity and governance structures to properly serve their members and the industry. The timeline is to have a new organization established no sooner than July of 2013 and no later than January 2014. “This is not a merger. This is taking the best of what both associations do to create a new organization that will advance the industry and better serve our members,” said Michael V. Geary, CAE, OFA’s chief executive officer. “We have many details to work through, but OFA’s leaders are committed to ensuring that our members are involved in the decisionmaking process. It’s an exciting time for both organizations and the future of the horticulture industry. The combined 215 years of service and resources will create a powerful and meaningful association.” The new association will replace OFA and ANLA. In further developments of the joint venture, following ANLA Executive Vice President Bob Dolibois’ scheduled retirement at the end of the year, Geary will become the chief staff executive of both ANLA and OFA beginning on January 1, 2013. The organizations will continue to be governed separately, but Geary will lead the day-today operations of both associations. To keep the industry up to date on the formation of the new organization, visit

INDUSTRY NEWS SNA Announces New Atlanta Event The Southern Nursery Association (SNA)-- a regional U.S. nursery association-- has announced preliminary plans for an event in 2013, scheduled for August 5 - 7, 2013, at Atlanta’s Georgia International Convention Center (GICC),. This event will combine the SNA Research Conference, the Southern Plant Conference, the SNA State Officer’s Conference, and the Annual SNA Business Meeting. This new regional event will bring together the industry’s

top leaders, researchers, growers, manufacturers, distributors, landscapers and retailers from across the southeast to share ideas, learn new techniques, address key industry issues and, locate new products. “The response to this long-awaited event has received widespread positive reaction,” said Karen Summers, executive vice president of SNA. “This clearly indicates a strong industry need and a high level of confidence. SNA has a long history of producing successful events, and I am confident this will be another formula for success,” she added. For further information, contact the Southern Nursery Association Inc., P.O. Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992,, or visit the SNA website at

Southern Nursery Association

Expand Your Business Across State Lines As a regional associa�on, SNA helps you expand your network, promote your business through an online marketplace, and provides you with �mely informa�on from across the region. Since 1899, SNA has been working to strengthen the hor�culture industry and helping businesses - just like your’s - to grow. For as li�le as $125 you can get connected today and become a part of this growing marketplace! To learn more about all that SNA has to offer, visit our website at or give us a call at 678.809.9992.

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INDUSTRY NEWS All-American Selections Adds To Trialing Program After 80 years of exclusively trialing new seed varieties, All-America Selections (AAS) is making the decision to include vegetative ornamentals in the trialing program for 2013 marking the first year flowers from cuttings will be considered for an AAS award, reported Greenhouse Grower Magazine. Earlier this year, the organization revamped the program’s logo.

UF Researchers Map Citrus Greening Transmittal University of Florida researchers have released a mathematical model showing the process for transmitting citrus greening within an infected tree – a key step toward helping scientists further understand the devastating disease and its effects.

As the industry continues to shift to producing and consuming more vegetative varieties, AAS announced the organization will parallel its efforts to coincide with those of the industry. In a press release, AAS writes that adding vegetative entries broadens the scope of the organization on a very practical level and ensures its continued growth. To most of today’s consumers, a flower is a flower, so granting the AAS Winner award to the best-performing flower entries, no matter if produced from seed or a cutting, reinforces the message that an AAS Winner provides superior garden performance.

Published recently by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the model reveals that once a tree is infected, insecticides to control the pests that spread the disease may not be enough to halt the disease’s progression in the tree, and instead may only slow its spread within the tree.

The pilot program of trialing vegetative entries will begin in 2013. A select number of trial judges from across the U.S. and Canada have been invited to participate. Breeders can begin submitting a limited number of entry applications this August with a deadline of November 1, 2012. Vegetative entries will be trialed in containers next to comparisons of similar vegetative varieties already on the market. All other aspects of the AAS Vegetative Ornamental Trials will closely resemble those of the flower seed trials.

Citrus greening, the common name for huanglongbing, or HLB, was first detected in Florida in 2005. The disease was discovered in a backyard citrus tree in Los Angeles earlier this year and now threatens California’s citrus industry.

Future AAS Winners from the Vegetative Trials will be announced at one of the three times, just as seed winners are: late January, early July or early November. For additional details on the AAS program, visit: http://

Removal of obviously diseased new growth, called flush, or shoots, is not a solution either. The model shows that even without showing symptoms, many shoots may already be infected so that infection of other parts of the tree can continue.

Greening has cost Florida’s economy an estimated $3.63 billion in lost revenues since 2006 and poses a huge threat to the state’s $9 billion citrus industry, the nation’s largest. It weakens and eventually kills infected trees. For now, there is no cure, although growers are using cultural management strategies to keep groves productive. The disease is spread by a tiny insect called the Asian citrus psyllid. For more detail, visit: ufifas-creates-math-based-model-to-show-how-citrusgreening-spreads-within-tree/.

INDUSTRY NEWS New Educational Resources from UF: Sustainability and IPM There are several new resources now available to county Extension faculty working with nursery producers. This information is being distributed to them through the District Extension Directors. 1) Moving Nursery Producers Toward Sustainability, This website hosts various resources pertaining to sustainable practices for nursery producers. • Of the four tabs on the website, the tab labeled “Sustainability Resources (Links)” takes you to a page giving links, categorized by topic, to publications, powerpoints and other websites relevant to improving sustainability in the nursery. The listing includes several new EDIS publications filling gaps in sustainability resources. • A second tab, “Sustainability Videos”, contains a number of short, You-Tube-like videos, each covering an aspect of nursery sustainability. Six videos are currently on the site, and another six will be added as captioning is completed. • These materials were developed by a team of faculty from UGA (Matthew Chappell), FAMU (Alex Bolques) and UF (Gary Knox and Linda Landrum) with the expert assistance of IFAS Communications (Michael Munroe and Al Williamson) and UGA IT (Emily Pitts). Thanks to Southern SARE for funding this UF-led effort! 2) New IPM Resource for Tree Producers: IPM for Select Deciduous Trees in Southeastern US Nursery Production is a book/multimedia compilation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) information for the major tree genera in nursery crop production in the Southeast. This book covers sustainable management for insects, mites, diseases, and weeds for top selling trees, as well as production information with videos, color images and text. • Each chapter is downloadable for free as a pdf through the Southern Nursery IPM Working Group (SNIPM) website,; a limited number of hard-copy books were printed. • Alternatively, the 320-page book is available in iBook format for iPads through iTunes ( • Individual chapters cover birch (Betula spp.), cherry (Prunus spp.), crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia spp.), dogwood (Cornus spp.), chinese elm (Ulmus parvifolia), magnolia (Magnolia spp.), maple (Acer spp.), oak (Quercus spp.) and redbud (Cercis spp.). Each chapter provides comprehensive information on the species, nursery production and sustainable management of that genus’ major pests, diseases, weeds and abiotic disorders. Additional chapters discuss container production, field production and a general overview of IPM. • University faculty from across the Southeast worked together to develop this important guide. The Southern Nursery IPM Working Group is a multi-disciplinary group of Extension professionals formed in 2008 to develop and deliver educational programming to the southern U.S. nursery industry and Extension personnel. Thanks to the Southern Region IPM Center for their support to make this resource possible!

CERTIFICATIONS FNGLA greets thousands of FFA members at Career Fair FNGLA took part in the Florida FFA Association 84th State Convention in June in Orlando. More than 3,000 FFA members, guests and supporters attended the convention – including a highlyinteractive Career Show where FNGLA introduced students to careers and certification in Florida’s nursery and landscape industry. During the Career Show, FNGLA engaged FFA members with a game of horticulture-know-how to introduce them to FCHP certification. Lines formed in front of the FNGLA booth as students tested their industry knowledge. FNGLA also hosted a “teacher only” reception on the show floor which gave time to interact with those horticulture instructors who utilize FNGLA’s Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP) program in their classrooms. Students received awards, scholarships and recognitions funded through special projects of the Florida FFA Foundation. FNGLA’s Pinellas Chapter hosts Career Development Events in Floriculture and in Nursery & Landscape. FNGLA also sponsors the Landscape Management Proficiency Award. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. FFA members live by their motto of Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live and Living to Serve.

During the convention the 2012-2013 Florida FFA State Officers were elected: President – Clayton Willis South Lake FFA Secretary – Matthew Cantrell Baker County FFA Area I Vice President – Shelby Calloway Malone FFA Area II Vice President – Sarah Trimm Bronson FFA Area III Vice President – Justin Watson Pine Ridge FFA Area IV Vice President – Katie Hutchinson West Orange FFA Area V Vice President – David Walden Durant FFA Area VI Vice President – Ashley Hassan

For more information on the Florida FFA Association, visit www. or contact Ronnie Simmons at

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CERT/MEMBER NEWS FNGLA Honored with Career & Technical Education Award FNGLA was honored by the Florida Association of Career and Technical Educators (FACTE) with the Hall of Fame Award during its annual convention in July. FACTE is the professional association for career and technical educators who prepare individuals to participate in a world class workforce. The Hall of Fame was established to perpetually recognize outstanding and distinguished professional career and technical educators and support professionals, organizations

or businesses, who have made a long term significant impact on the field of career and technical education in Florida. FNGLA and its director of industry certifications and career development, Merry Mott, were recognized for developing a seamless link between FNGLA and Florida’s agriculture educators who deliver FNGLA’s Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP) program. FNGLA assists instructors by providing teacher training, as well as lesson plans, sample tests, labs and PowerPoint presentations through its website FCHP is approved by both Workforce Florida and the Florida Department of Education as it conforms to the 2007 Florida Career and Professional Education Act (CAPE). CAPE aims to meet Florida’s workforce needs of access to high-wage and high-demand careers. More than 250 high school students and instructors currently hold the FCHP designation.

Incarceration to Liberation: Reducing Recidivism through Horticulture Training & Certification In an effort to save taxpayer dollars and reduce the number of repeat offenders, UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension is providing inmates bona-fide job skills prior to release. This vocational horticulture education program is offered to low security inmates of the Federal Correctional Center in Coleman, Florida through a contract with the Department of Justice Bureau of Prisons. Since beginning the program in October 2011 with instructor FCLC Dale Wallace, over 65 inmates have successfully trained and earned the FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional

(FCHP) designation. This program provides a trained and certified workforce for Florida’s nursery and landscape industry. In fact, at least one inmate has been released and hired by an FNGLA member company. Those companies who hire these qualified workers upon release can earn a Federal Tax Credit of up to $2,400, as well as a no-cost fidelity bond. Bureau of Prisons research shows that a released inmate is 35% less likely to return to prison if they have received vocational training. Since the average annual cost of incarceration is over $28,000, this program could save taxpayers more than $1 million per year. And the program is funded by the profits from the prisoner’s commissary. For more information, please contact Lloyd Singleton at or 352-689-4671.


Welcome New Members The following are new FNGLA members from June 22, 2012 - July 21, 2012 ACTION Nathan Orndorff Flora Care Farms, LLC 2494 Valerie Ave Apopka, FL 32712-5364 407-467-4476

MANASOTA Bill Moore Co., Inc. Karen Kiebler (Associate) 411 17th Ave W Palmetto, FL 34221-4451 941-600-5771

Teresa Watkins SHE Consulting PO Box 547623 Orlando, FL 32804-3037 407-760-3966

NORTHEAST Jack E Anderson IV (Student) 9407 Whittington Dr Jacksonville, FL 32257-5439 904-813-4246

BIG BEND Terri Lee Cook Greenscape Design and Consulting 3200 E Gonzalez St Pensacola, FL 32503-6818 850-393-1404

PALM BEACH Isabel Branstrom 900 Azure Ct Wellington, FL 33414-8137 561-762-2966

BROWARD Patricia Hoot G.I.G. Landscape, Inc. 1361 Sandpiper Cir Pembroke Pines, FL 33026-2807 954-680-7711

COASTAL SPRINGS Randall M. Jacobs Way Green Nursery Inc. 3539 CR 567 Center Hill, FL 33514-6203 352-303-4597 Kit Hudson, Kit Marketing, Inc. MIAMI-DADE Martha Costa Redland Farms, Inc. 21105 SW 162nd Ave Miami, FL 33187-4402 305-278-8001 FRONTRUNNERS Sharon Johnson (Suppoortive) PO Box 962 Hollister, FL 32147-0962 386-350-0271

Tim Spear (Associate) Gulfshore Insurance 3902 W Cleveland St Tampa, FL 33609-2713 813-404-0639 PINELLAS John Melnick (Associate) Barbara Ann Melnick (Associate) ABC Tropical Plant Nursery, Inc. 13275 66th St N Largo, FL 33773-1814 Phone: 727-546-8787

OUTSIDE FLORIDA Boris Zilber Decorative Water Designs, Inc. 32A Richboynton Rd Dover, NJ 07801 973-620-9321 John Dill Fertileeze 160 Old Chimney Rock Rd Hendersonville, NC 28792 828-778-9845

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August 7:

Florida-Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Quality, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee


Water Wise and Other Irrigation Concepts, Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, Naples


Plantscape Industry Expo, South Point Hotel, Las Vega

20: Growing Florida’s Roads: Strategies for Improving Landscapes, Apopka

FNGLA Phone: 407.295.7994 Toll-free: 800.375.3642 Fax: 407.295.1619 E-mail: Web:

CEO/Executive Vice President Ben Bolusky

Greenline Editor Jennifer Nelis

2012-2013 State Officers

President Wes Parrish Parrish Nursery 5900 SW 185th Way Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33332 (954) 680-3544

President-Elect Mike Marshall Marshall Tree Farm 17350 SE 65th St Morriston, FL 32668-4508 (352) 528-3880

Past President Halsey Beshears Simpson Nurseries P.O. Box 160 Monticello, FL 32345 (850) 997-2516

Secretary/Treasurer Sandy Stein The Jungle Nursery 29100 SW 162 Ave Homestead, FL 33030 (305) 246-5324


Floriade Outbound Trade Mission, Holland


Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMPs) Class, Lee County Extension Office, Ft. Myers


Good Plant, Bad Plant, Right Plant, Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, Naples



IFAS CEU Day, UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Davie


FNGLA Certified Landscape Technician (FCLT) Exam, Pembroke Pines

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